Ontario Celebrates the Outstanding Contributions of Volunteers in Mississauga

December 2, 2022                                                                

MISSISSAUGA – The Ontario government is recognizing 23 Ontarians in Mississauga Centre with a Volunteer Service Award, an annual award honouring the exceptional contributions of individuals providing dedicated service to a single organization.

Recipients of the award were recognized at a virtual ceremony held on November 29 and will receive a personalized certificate and lapel pin to acknowledge and thank them for their years of service.

“Looking after our neighbours and community has never been more important, and I am grateful to see so many volunteers continue to selflessly step up and embody the best of the Ontario spirit,” said MPP Kusendova. “On behalf of Mississauga Centre, I want to thank and express my deepest gratitude to these incredible Ontarians receiving this year’s Volunteer Service Award for helping to make our community strong and vibrant.”

The 4,555 recipients of the 2022 Ontario Volunteer Service Award, from across the province, support a wide range of organizations and causes, including those serving families, children and youth, vulnerable people, hospitals, senior centres and food security programs. These volunteers also help as board members, in fundraising, in promoting the arts and showcasing the different cultures that make Ontario unique.

The 2022 Ontario Volunteer Service Awards recipients from Mississauga Centre include:

Youth Volunteer Service Awards – 2 to 4 Years of Service

  • Nataly, Ayoub – MICBA Forum Italia Community Services 
  • Jabeen, Mehwish – Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre – Odette Cancer Centre

5 Years of Service

  • Sadashiva, Bhat – Canadian Havyaka Association of Americas Inc
  • Christiane, Devaud – The Sashbear Foundation
  • Arathi, Shanmuganathan – SCREEN of Peel Community Association
  • Sarojinidevi, Sivapathasundaram – SCREEN of Peel Community Association
  • Eduarda Lee, Sousa-Lall – Federation of Portuguese Canadian Business & Professionals Inc.
  • Pramit, Telang – Youth Assisting Youth

10 Years

  • Phil, Bott – The Institution of Fire Engineers Canada Branch
  • Trevor, Brice – The Institution of Fire Engineers Canada Branch
  • Tien Chih Joseph, Mo – Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care – Mississauga Division
  • Sharon, Powell – Athletics Ontario Officials Council – South Central Region
  • Theodoros, Sakkalis – Scouts Canada – 52nd Mississauga
  • Sathiadevi, Selliah – SCREEN of Peel Community Association
  • Wali, Shaikh – The Mississauga Food Bank
  • Abdul, Shaikh – Professional Engineers Ontario – Oakville Area Chapter

15 Years of Service

  • Marjorie, Halverson – Trillium Health Partners – Mississauga Hospital
  • Tong, Mai – Carefirst Seniors & Community Services Association – Mississauga Community Services Centre
  • John, Truong – The Institution of Fire Engineers Canada Branch

20 Years of Service 

  • Stephen, Gamble – The Institution of Fire Engineers Canada Branch

25 Years of Service 

  • Kwan Yee, Lam – International Buddhist Progress Society of Toronto
  • William, Stewart – The Institution of Fire Engineers Canada Branch

35 Years of Service 

  • Vincenzo, Spagnolo – Respond Search and Rescue

“Every day thousands of volunteers from all over the province dedicate their time and talents to make Ontario a better place,” said Premier Doug Ford. “As Premier, I want to thank each and every volunteer for the efforts they make and the examples they set for the next generation of Ontarians. We could not ask for better role models and we are so grateful to them all.”

“Volunteers are the backbones of our communities. The incredible volunteers in Mississauga Centre have embodied the best of the Ontario spirit and have shown – through their commitment, dedication and selfless service – that we can achieve anything when we come together as Team Ontario,” said Michael Ford, Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism. “Our government thanks these incredible leaders, changemakers and everyday heroes for the incredible work they do to make our communities and our province a stronger and better place to live, work and succeed.”

For more information about the program or to submit a nomination, please visit the Ontario Volunteer Service Award webpage.


  • Since 1986, more than 250,000 volunteers have been recognized through the Ontario Volunteer Service Award.
  • Adult volunteers are recognized for five to 65+ years of continuous service in five-year increments.
  • Youth volunteers are recognized for two or more years of continuous service.



Victoria Demkowicz 

Communications and Media Relations 

Office of MPP Natalia Kusendova